We are a not-for-profit organization, under the direction of a volunteer board of management. See who’s on our board here.

Our main office is located at 20 Centennial Square. Here’s who you’ll meet when you come see us.

Our Core Team

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The DVBA is a small but mighty dedicated team, based at our downtown office. Here’s who we are:

Jeff Bray

Interim Executive Director

Jeff Bray grew up in Vancouver, B.C. After graduating from UBC, Bray embarked on a 13-year career with the BC Government. In 2001, Bray was elected the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. More recently, Bray was the Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Shaw in BC. Bray is currently President of Capital Public Affairs Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. Bray is Vice-Chair of the Royal BC Museum Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Garth Homer Society, Vice-President of the Former MLA Association of BC, and is Vice-President of the North Quadra Community Association.

Phone: 250-386-2239
Email: jeff@downtownvictoria.ca

 

 

Rachel Rilkoff

Rob Caunter

Clean Team Manager

Rob Caunter has been with the DVBA for 10 years. Rob started pushing a cart for the DVBA and has worked his way up to managing the Clean Team. Rob spends a lot of his time out on the streets managing the team and working on infrastructure projects.

Phone: 250-386-2238
Email: rob@downtownvictoria.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Anne-Sophie Dumetz

Marketing Manager

Phone: 250-386-2217

Anne-Sophie joins DVBA after running her own online-based business, from Kelowna, supporting with socially-minded entrepreneurs globally to develop their leadership and create effective, emotionally-intelligent marketing. Aside from entrepreneurship, she’s also worked in the media as a print and radio reporter and TV host, and as a Senior Communications Advisor at the Canadian Museum of History and for the Federal Government.

Phone: 250-386-2217
Email: anne-sophie@downtownvictoria.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Rilkoff

Alison Gair

Executive Assistant

Alison Gair has been with the DVBA for more than 11 years. Alison manages the administration of the office and works with the team to provide support for ongoing projects. The voice on the phone and the friendly face you see in the office, Alison is an integral part of the team with a strong background in all things downtown.  

Phone: 250-386-2238
Email: alison@downtownvictoria.ca

 

 

 

 

Rachel Rilkoff

Ian Piears

Cultural Outreach manager

Ian Piears has been a resident of Victoria for seven years after moving here from the UK. Before moving to Canada, he had a successful career working in theatre in London and Europe. Since moving to Victoria, Ian has worked with the Victoria Symphony as the Volunteer Coordinator for Symphony Splash and most recently as the Event Coordinator for the annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In for two years running.  He currently sits on the CRD Arts Advisory Council.

Phone: 250-940-2199
Email: ian@downtownvictoria.ca

Our Board of Directors

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Executive

Chair: Suzanne Bradbury (Fort Properties Ltd.)

Vice Chair: Kathy Hogan (UDI Victoria)

Treasurer: Dan Sawchuk (Robbins Parking)

Secretary: Teri Hustins (Oscar & Libby’s Gift Store)

 

Directors

Indu Brar (Fairmont Empress Hotel)

Shane Devereaux (Habit Coffee)

Dave Ganong (Colliers International)

Jonathan Michaels (Geeks on the Beach – Web Agency)

Grant Olson (Strathcona Hotel)

Jason Scriven (Times Colonist)

Pam Smith (Yalla)

Alistair Vigier (Clearway Law)

Councillor Margaret Lucas (City of Victoria, Ex-officio)

 

The DVBA’s Board of Directors of the reserves the right to accept or reject nominations at its sole discretion and according to its judgment as to suitability based on the Constitution and By-Laws of the DVBA.

The DVBA Board of Directors is made up of 12 Directors, each elected on a two year term, and City Councillor appointed by the City of Victoria as a non- voting member. Elections are staggered and take place annually at the DVBA Annual General Meeting.

Directors must be representatives of downtown properties and/or businesses and must include at least one person from each of the following stakeholder groups:

  • Small independent retailers (premise less than 300 square metres)
  • Large retailers  (premise more than 300 square metres)
  • Hoteliers (2 representatives, one from a hotel west of the Legislature and one from a hotel located within the remainder of the Downtown Victoria Business Improvement Area)
  • Personal service providers
  • Business service providers
  • Restaurant/entertainment operators
  • Property owners
  • Property managers

Volunteer Committees

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Three volunteer committees made of DVBA board members and members of the downtown business community assist DVBA staff in executing the annual work plan in three areas: Marketing, Events, and Clean, Safe and Sustainable.

DVBA committees:

Meet 10 times per year (more often if required and agreed to by committee members) Have required readings and preparation for members in advance of each meeting and follow-up as required Have an appointed Chair Must have a DVBA Board representative

If you are interested in volunteering on a DVBA committee, email alison@downtownvictoria.ca 

The Clean Team

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The DVBA’s Clean Team complements the City’s efforts to keep our Downtown clean. The Clean Team is on duty from 8 am until 4 pm every weekday.

In 2016, the Clean Team collected 4,647 needles and removed 2,556 graffiti tags and has recycled almost 2 million cigarette butts since 2014. Along with the removal of drug paraphernalia, the Clean Team removes graffiti from private property within the BIA. If you need graffiti removed, please call either:

  • City of Victoria – 250-361-0466 – public property
  • DVBA –  250-386-2238* – private property within the DVBA boundary. View our Boundary map.

*If the Clean Team is unable to remove the graffiti using their chemicals, they will offer alternative graffiti removal options – including providing the free labour to paint over the tag if your business/property provides the paint. Call our team today.